SPECIALIST, NEW VACCINES SURVEILLANCE (PAHO/13/FT91)

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Vacancy Notice No: PAHO/13/FT91
 
Title: Specialist, New Vaccines Surveillance
 
Grade: P2
 
Contract type: Fixed-term Appointment
 
Duration of contract:  One year, first year probationary period - Post of limited duration
 
Date: 11 March 2013
 
Application Deadline: 8 April 2013 Vacancy Filled
 
Duty Station:  Washington, D.C., United States of America
 
Organization unit: AM Americas (AM) /
AMRO Americas Regional Office (AM/RGO)
Family and Community Health (FCH)/Comprehensive Family Immunization (FCH/IM)
 
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME :
To provide technical and strategic support to strengthen national and regional capacity to protect all people at risk against vaccine-preventable diseases through advocacy, partnership, preparedness for emerging disease threats, and formulation of evidence-based strategies for vaccination policy. In so doing, promotes, coordinates and implements technical cooperation activities that emphasize the central role of family and the community to foster a culture of health promotion and protection where health becomes a social value. The work of the immunization program is guided by the principles of access and equity, disease control, and development of public health infrastructure in the context of introducing new technologies and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Description of duties:
Under the general supervision of the Manager, Family and Community Health (FCH), and the direct supervision of the Senior Advisor, Comprehensive Family Immunization (FCH/IM), the incumbent is responsible, but not necessary limited to, the following assigned duties:
a) Provide technical support for the program of work related to new vaccines surveillance and for the implementation of national protocols for hospital-based surveillance for invasive bacterial disease and rotavirus in children aged less than five years old, in collaboration with Immunization focal points in country offices;
b) Analyze the operability of the integration between surveillance systems for diseases currently vaccine-preventable (e.g., invasive bacterial disease and rotavirus diarrhea in children aged less than five years old;
c) Review and analyze monthly reports of data from new vaccine surveillance systems received from countries;
d) Provide technical support for the implementation of special studies on new vaccines in the countries;
e) Draft progress reports and presentations on new vaccine surveillance activities for donors and other stakeholders;
f) Update the information on new vaccines and update the IM Website;
g) Perform other related duties, as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
Education:
A university degree in a health, social science or related field from an accredited institution.
Skills:
Key Behavioral Competencies:
--Intrainstitutional Action: Displays, through behavior, understanding of PAHO's values and mission. Seeks information on and acts with understanding of the Organization's expectations while advancing further the understanding and application of its policies. Shows interest and concern for the activities related to his/her work in conjunction with the mission, values, vision and policies of the organization. Behaves consistently in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the Organization.
--Communication: Establishes and proactively engages in productive dialogues in one's work inside and outside the Organization, and assists in the building of consensus. Seeks to share information with others within the organization, both face to face and through communication and information technology systems as appropriate.
--Information Management: Verifies that relevant information is obtained, processed, selected, and disseminated in area of work. Acquires the training to utilize technologies for processing information relative to the area of work in a logical and organized manner, which facilitates the dissemination of information, resulting in information that is consistent, valid and accurate. Keeps abreast of latest technologies for processing the information relevant to the area of work, and weighs its advantages/disadvantages.
--Teamwork: Encourages team members, adds significant contribution when participating in internal and external work teams, and leads through personal example the virtues of team success--collaboration, trust, transparency and joint responsibilities. Builds and maintains mutually beneficial productive interpersonal relations based on trust, inside and outside the Organization. Keeps every team member informed as well as shares relevant and useful information.
--Knowledge Management: Seeks and proposes better resources to access, process, use and share information with a variety of actors in different environments. Produces and participates in studies as well as research that meet the publication requirements of media accepted by the scientific community.
--Administrative support for technical cooperation interventions: Utilizes a cross organizational perspective to provide administrative advice and support to the technical cooperation teams. Leads a solutions-based approach to resolving challenges. Employs an integrated approach to gain an understanding of the complex reality in which the Organization operates.
--Resource Mobilization: Is capable of ordering and presenting the information for resource mobilization appropriately. Is able to adapt information in an objective manner and can analyze data. Is able to interpret and cover all the main aspects of the data.

Technical Expertise:
--Knowledge of theory and methodology of the principles and recent developments in surveillance, epidemiology, and biostatistics.
--Knowledge of epidemiological techniques and procedures for analyzing the magnitude of vaccine preventable diseases or conditions affecting the health of the population, determining factors which influence the magnitude of these diseases or conditions; applying and evaluating selected interventions designed to reduce the magnitude of these diseases as it relates to public health.
--Ability and skills in development and dissemination of information, using different media and information technologies.
--Strong professional oral and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents for consideration at the highest levels of the Organization.

IT Skills
Demonstrated ability to effectively use a computer and utilize software programs such as Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and Outlook. Other IT skills and knowledge of other software programs such as Visio and Project would be an asset.
Experience:
Five years of combined national and international experience in disease control programs, with emphasis in monitoring (surveillance and data quality) and the design, implementation, and evaluation of immunization programs
Languages:
Very good knowledge of English or Spanish with working knowledge of the other language. Knowledge of French and/or Portuguese would be an asset.
Additional Information:
PAHO offers an attractive compensation package including an annual net salary (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance), dependency benefits, pension plan, health insurance scheme, and 30 days annual leave. Benefits for internationally recruited staff may include travel and removal expenses on appointment and separation, assignment grant, rental subsidy, and home leave.

ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN ON-LINE PERSONAL HISTORY FORM TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POST.

CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED ONLY IF THEY ARE UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION. A WRITTEN TEST AND/OR INTERVIEW WILL BE HELD FOR THIS POST. THE POST DESCRIPTION IS THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION FOR ORGANIZATIONAL PURPOSES.

THIS VACANCY MAY BE USED TO FILL OTHER POSITIONS IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT MAY BECOME VACANT AT A LATER DATE, AND WHICH HAVE SIMILAR REQUIREMENTS AND DUTIES AS THE ONES STATED IN THIS NOTICE.
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
US$46,730.00 at single rate
US$49,821.00 with primary dependants
Post Adjustment: 48.4 % of the above figure(s). This percentage is to be considered as indicative since variations may occur each month either upwards or downwards due to currency exchange rate fluctuations or inflation.

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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